Her first story collection, The Expendables, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1990. She is the author of five other short story collections, including Nothing Right (Bloomsbury, 2009), and three novels: Talking in Bed (winner of the Heartland Prize), Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the Rea Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harpers, Mademoiselle, Redbook, and many literary journals, as well as in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry: Prize Stories anthologies. In addition, she is a Writer at Large for Texas Monthly magazine.